Local Events: Nutcracker, Durham Patchwork Market, Cinema Symposium

As we inch ever closer to the holidays, there are still a plethora of seasonal activities happening. (See previous post for a couple still going on this weekend.) In addition to the classic ballet The Nutcracker, there’s even the Durham Patchwork Holiday Market if you’ve really procrastinated on your holiday shopping. And for a diversion, check out the new Cinema Symposium series featuring the holiday classic Die Hard this Monday.


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A Carolina Ballet holiday classic, The Nutcracker returns to Raleigh Memorial Auditorium December 19 – 28. An annual favorite, Robert Weiss combines beautiful ballet with some Las Vegas magic to create an unforgettable experience for attendees of all ages. Imaginative and stunning, the event is paired with a live symphony orchestra and tickets range from about $42 to $134 (including fees).


Durham Patchwork Holiday Market

The Durham Patchwork Market is a new monthly event with makers DurhamPatchworkMarketand vintage vendors. Happening the third Saturday of each month from 12 – 4pm, local makers and vintage vendors combine for a unique experience with a diverse selection of high quality and original goods. The holiday one is happening this Saturday, December 20, at Motorco and Fullsteam Brewery in Durham. More info on the type of goods and artists present at the event can be found on their Facebook page.


Cinema Symposium #4

Cinema Symposium is intended to “inspire thoughtful, lively conversation about the beauty, truth, and lies of Cinema as an art and theology in our culture”. They have been doing this by hosting monthly film screenings at a local venue. This month’s film will be Die Hard – come see the original gold standard of American hero movies at Common 414 on Monday December 22, at 7:30pm. The event is free though a small donation is suggested to offset screening costs and drinks will be for sale at the Common 414 bar.